Annie Hall – More Than Just A Romantic Comedy

By Chris Gallagher In 1978, Annie Hall won best picture at the 50th academy awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It beat the likes of Star Wars (1977), Julia (1977), The Turning Point (1977) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). As well as best picture, Woody Allen took home best director, Diane Keaton won best actress and Allen and Marshall Brickman took home the Oscar for best … Continue reading Annie Hall – More Than Just A Romantic Comedy

Aquaman Review: We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Expanded Universe

By John Murphy I consider myself to be a comic book film fan, but not a zealot. I generally go and see the ever-increasing number of celluloid adaptations in their first weekend of release, because despite prior positive or negative buzz, I like to make my own mind up. Now, I know what you’re thinking- that does sound like it’s bordering on zealotry, but fear … Continue reading Aquaman Review: We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Expanded Universe

Lady Bird: A Tale of Working Class Guilt

By Graeme McKay Vladimir Nabokov told us that good readers shouldn’t look to emotionally identify with the protagonist of a story, and for the most part I managed to avoid falling into that trap while watching Lady Bird. Most of the film didn’t engage me very much, but the working class guilt was like a gut punch: a sometimes overplayed, but always interesting thread that … Continue reading Lady Bird: A Tale of Working Class Guilt

The Hollywood Renaissance – MASH

By Chris Gallagher I’ve always been a fan of American cinema. It’s kind of hard to escape the clutches of the Hollywood machine. The capitalist juggernaut that cynically uses film as a commodity to make money. From Transformers to whatever turd of a film Adam Sandler is making, Hollywood sucks the art out of film to make an hour-long product placement, targeting kids like the … Continue reading The Hollywood Renaissance – MASH

The Evolution of Slapstick – Dumb and Dumber

By Chris Gallagher Slapstick and physical humour is sometimes seen as lowbrow in certain circles. In fact this style of comedy is layered and intelligent. It is a form that transfers very well into the realm of film. In the early days of comedy two of the big name players on the big screen were Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, both hugely influential characters. The physical panache of … Continue reading The Evolution of Slapstick – Dumb and Dumber

Appropriate Behavior – A Modern Comedy Classic

By Chris Gallagher Appropriate Behavior (2014), directed by and starring Desiree Akhavan, is a film I watched at the Glasgow Film Theatre last year and enjoyed immensely. It achieves a perfect balance between the critiquing of modern America and the story of a bisexual Iranian-American woman living in a post 9/11 world. After the showing a Q&A was held with director Desiree Akhavan and she … Continue reading Appropriate Behavior – A Modern Comedy Classic